Blog 1546 – 12.12.2019
Disclaimer, God And Goddess Namer
The opinions expressed herein are solely the responsibility of this writer and are not intended to oppose or harm anyone as they are subject to change. So please keep that in mind.
I think most of us agree that people are entitled to have and even to express their own opinions even if they differ from ours. The problem does not usually occur from challenging opinions but stronger, longer held opinions that we call beliefs.
We think of our beliefs as our “truths.” I am thinking of a funny line that always reminds me of my dad, “Don’t confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up.” The trouble with letting opinions become beliefs is that we soon come to accept only the facts that support our opinion/belief and discount any other “facts” as “false news.” This makes it ever harder to have an intelligent discourse. With everything becoming sort of sacrosanct it leaves little room for negotiation or compromise which sadly has become a dirty word to many with the “my way or the highway” mindset.
Jesus and his disciples had some good ideas, that can also be said of most if not all of the religious and political reformers throughout history. Most of them never intended to start a new sect or party but rather to inform and reform the one that they were already a part of. Too often reformation efforts lead to confusion, conflict, and revolution. A few of the reformers like Jesus, Martin Luther, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others too, espoused non-violent protest, but many more were and are more prone to bloody conflict to bring about the changes they sought and seek.
Only you can change your mind and hardly anyone else’s unless they are willing to do that for themselves. Changing a thought not only changes our world view but our world. Opinions come and go like the changing winds and should. We hold on to some opinions and even beliefs way passed their usefulness to us because we think of them as uncompromising truths. Those should be few and far between and not about less important things like whose sport’s team should win the championship. The term “fan” comes from fanatical opinions and beliefs like, “My team is the best team and the only true and real one.” I am sorry, but in my mind, that is just an opinion no matter how hard anyone yells, “We’re Number One.”
We and everyone else in my opinion are, have always been, and will always be part of the same One and Only, Real Number One Team, and we ought to act like it in our behavior toward one another.
Namaste – “I bow to the divinity in you.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,